There was a lot of
celebrating in the The Pub yesterday as a design team announcement was made by a popular manufacturer.
Along with the celebration, there was disappointment ...obviously everyone can't
make the team. There's been some discussion lately about how we deal with this
win/lose pressure in the publication/design team/contest side of the industry.
I've been pondering it a bit, and an old favorite book came to mind. Years
& years ago, my friend Bryan gave me a copy of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. This was during
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
I will not profess to be able to apply this philosophy every time I am disappointed by something (or someone). But, I do recognize that it's the extremes in my life that are most memorable, and often most important to me. Highs and lows. Joys and sorrows. It's the "blah" stuff that drives me nuts...the "blah" days that leave me feeling restless rather than relaxed.
So, that's my deep thought for the day. We get upset about losing contests/DT slots/pubs b/c we are passionate about this. And that's okay. I know that some will say "when it stops being fun, it's time to stop." I can only agree with this to a point. Sometimes hard work isn't fun. Sometimes risk isn't fun. And certainly, losing isn't fun. But it's all that effort - the blood, sweat, and tears - that make the victories oh-so-sweet.